Thursday, January 13 2011
How can a kid from the 'hood today measure up to the likes of Duke Ellington? or Hank Aaron? A mythical boy from the 'hood meets these major black American figures through three recent books: 'Duke Ellington's America', 'The Last Hero' and 'Willie Mays'.
Tuesday, January 4 2011
One concert experience can be a magic reminder of why you fell in love with music in the first place.
Monday, January 3 2011
He's got 99 problems but a book ain't one. Jay-Z's nonlinear memoir illuminates rap as personal narrative, lyric poetry, and transformative medium.
Sunday, January 2 2011
The Pakistani-American jazz guitarist reflects on playing beyond cliché, playing acoustic, finding unity, and making a living.
Thursday, December 23 2010
The holidays are full of dreadful music being pumped from every speaker in every commercial business. May the latest from Soundscape provide you with a pleasant respite of solace, a bit of shelter from all the pop star vanity and pseudo-comedic novelty albums that attempt to penetrate your earholes from every angle.
In the end, the metal world honored the memory of Ronnie James Dio in the coolest possible way: by making this the best year for new music the genre has seen in a very long time.
Wednesday, December 15 2010
A folkloric examination of the interview manuscripts of punk historian Jon Savage and The England's Dreaming Tapes.
Wednesday, December 8 2010
Agalloch has always created grand, sweeping sonic landscapes over the course of their career. Three members of the Portland, Oregon band take us deep inside their most ambitious album to date.
Tuesday, December 7 2010
As long as internet jukeboxes abound, we open ourselves up to all kinds of sonic disasters.
Thursday, December 2 2010
As the commune was to hippies, so the garage has been to garage bands and to their proto-punk, punk, and post-punk successors: an enclave where marginalized youth can fantasize or realize their visions of independent alternative art and lifestyles.
Wednesday, December 1 2010
When we think of our experiences with electronic music, we can follow a thought trail that leads like a Wikipedia article from one incendiary album to many others. Their qualities are not always alike but for one: the nostalgic thread that runs through them.
Tuesday, November 30 2010
When the band broke into the repetitive horn line of “Hurricane”, the Tipitina’s crowd went utterly and gloriously berserk, joining the band in screaming “Heeeay!” after certain particularly ripping runs.
Tuesday, November 23 2010
Because Keith Richards lived the book he’s written, he’s written a book that lives on.
Wednesday, November 17 2010
What do William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, Ice Cube, and Ghostface Killah have in common? Finally, they all appear in anthologies.
Tuesday, November 16 2010
Rosanne Cash’s lyricism plays on the page as if she’s on stage with guitar in hand. You can hear the music as you read. PopMatters Jaime Karnes talks with this gifted writer of songs and stories.
Thursday, November 11 2010
What the world really needs is a straight-up account of one of the most important rock groups of all time. Now we have it in the form of music scribe Andrew Earles.
Forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix looms larger - and deeper - than ever within the black cultural pantheon. Even though he wasn't really 'black'.
Tuesday, November 9 2010
Modern day 'political' celebrities can't hold a candle to Paul Robeson, who always flaunted his politics even when it was perhaps most dangerous to do so.
Monday, November 8 2010
Songs about Mexico run rampant through the commercial country landscape, but which Mexico are they singing about?
Thursday, November 4 2010
Take Your Daughter to Work Day: A Father Reflects on Years of Force-feeding Pop Culture to His Child
How will my daughter feel when her friends greet her in 2030 with an enthusiastic shout-out to Hannah Montana or SpongeBob SquarePants and she can only remember Bebop, Rocksteady, the Gentleman Ghost and Gyro Gearloose?